Iko Iko, Feel Like A Stranger-> Franklin's Tower, Little Red Rooster, Peggy-O, Memphis Blues, Tennessee Jed, Promised Land Foolish Heart, Victim Or The Crime, Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain-> Drums-> Space-> The Wheel-> Stella Blue-> Throwing Stones-> Not Fade Away, E: It's All Over Now Baby Blue
Bertha Remaster of the Soundboard/Cassette source.
June 22, 2019 Subject:
This is on wrong pitch, like a fast cassette dub
Unfortunate because otherwise it's a good sounding source. But needs to be slowed down :(
July 17, 2018 Subject:
"You know our love will not fade away"
The whole show is on YouTube. Exceptional sound w/ the camera on Jerry & Bob the most, except for Brent solos and drums. Very nice drop into Fire. The second Fire solo has Jerry moving. Throwing Stones connects and the NFA, where the 'heads do their feedback loop, never gets old.
October 2, 2009 Subject:
Very good show. Sweet remaster by Jay Ashley. Sounds wonderful.
June 29, 2009 Subject:
i love philly shows!
listen to the crowd at the end of not fade away
peace, love, grateful dead
August 25, 2008 Subject:
My alltime fav show
I remember this concert it was by far the best show I have ever seen. 9/11/08 the Eagles were playing across the street, JFK parking lot and Franklin park were filled with dead heads and shakedown was on fire. Hearing this show brings a smile to my face.
February 27, 2008 Subject:
Not as good as others say?
Overall: Great recording. The show itself is solid but unremarkable. I'm a bit surprised by the inflated grading by others for this show. Oh well, its all subjective, right?
The scene: Peter's (and Mickey's) birthday show. Too bad Peter was in his first semester of college and left the bus after Landover.
The music: A full Aiko including sometimes unsung verses. Good Jed. Is it me or has this whole Philly run had better first sets than second sets? Rest of the show is good. Nothing major to comment on. Good Scarlet>Fire, but not great and maybe not even in the top 5 for the year. Fire has some real strong points, though.
November 20, 2006 Subject:
STILL ALWAYS SEEM TOO AMAZE ME
February 18, 2006 Subject:
Pie in the face
As others have noted, Mickey did indeed get a pie in the face for his birthday, during drums.
As to the show itself - very high energy performance. Nothing too crazy in the song selection, though the placement of Scarlet>Fire going into drums was a neat surprise.
January 27, 2006 Subject:
Best show of run
1st Set: Lively recording and Jerry's renewed vigor adds fresh air to a strong "Iko." "Stranger"'s got movement despite no symphonic synth opening presentation. Odd tones, charmingly uncertain if they want to venture into a darkness...solid intricate playing. Next is a thorough reading of "Franklin" My goodness, Brent's tinkling sounds high and light enough to be the slightest drizzle dripping down onto your forehead. Again, an ominous howler like "Rooster" sounds innocuously boyish tonight - however, like his "Stranger" riff, Brent's quite convincing in his role as the more dangerous sideman. And destruction does ensue late on. Oh, isn't that sweet, another "Peggy" for the coarse East coasters. It's lovingly peppy. "Memphis Blues" is coherent as Bobby's foppish stylings are appealing. The pleasantness of the gig continues with a down-home "Tennessee." A brisk "Promised" sends us to set break with a smile.
2nd Set: Though Jerry's voice is croak-y, "Foolish" is matureing nicely. "Victim" swirls quite competently but before they extend it to the rougher, self-doubting arenas in our minds they cut to a relieving "Scarlet." It strings along effortlessly; however, the jamming is relatively short and noodly seguing into a fiery "Fire." Jerry's fanning the flames from 6:00-8:00. Yes! "Drums/Space" pass as they will with more inviting tones than usual leading to a much more coherent "The Wheel" than last outing. "Stella" is connected to the same strong wave which makes it likable but not devestating. "Throwing" moves at a quick pace, but it's so smooth you don't even notice. Like "Stella," unfortunately not the most powerful. Its predicatble follow-up leaves mystery as to the final night's climax, but this "NFA" is staunch and drives the point home.
Some small return riffs for the people before, my goodness... the first "Baby Blue" in a looong time - have they even performed this in '88?
3 2/5th star
August 31, 2005 Subject:
High energy eastcoast show
One of the best shows of 88. Thick punchy SBD. Solid rhythm section tonight! Stranger is real beefy.All guns blazing. Quality and performance are 5.
August 8, 2005 Subject:
I would think 9.12.88 (the next night) would be perfect for Bertha to pay a visit to...that one is the best matrix mix in my mind...
April 18, 2005 Subject:
MICKEY GETS PIE IN FACE
I remember this being a real good show. Full force grateful dead. 1st set was real tight. Iko Iko always a fun opener Brent Killin it and Jerry pickin throughout, strongly into another opener Feel Like a Stranger thing were swirling and popping. Franklins drops right outta Stranger as expected - regardless a slammin start for any show. It was the extended new Franklins Tower complete the little slowdown Brent solo. Rooster is Rooster I guess. TWO dylan songs ~ PeggyO and Memphis Blues were beautiful and flawless to follow. TN jed > P Land ragin very hard to close out the set.
On to set 2... Foolish was pretty impressive to open my 1st truely extended version great stuff. Phil et All were pumpin it out. To follow up was bob's Victim or the Crime, we jokingly called it "The Machine" with the lights and all took us to a different place than usual. I remember a very fast Scarlet being absolute insanity with some great slower and tight syncopation kickin by the FIRE, and Jerry rippin it up thereafter. Hopin for one more song before drums but alas... We were like 11 row center, thanks gdts, and clearly saw MICKEY GOT A PIE IN THE FACE during drums for his Birthday. Post-space was real good, lots of energy from the entire band. TS > NFA a typical closer for the times but tons of energy. Baby Blue, aight three Dylan songs RESPECT!!! Great recording too, thank you!!!
March 4, 2005 Subject:
Well, this was my very first show - the start of a long strange trip. A nurse (guy) was there and learned it was my first show and double-dosed me and I never looked back.
My memories are faint - I remember Memphis Blues seemed like the longest coolest song I had ever heard a band play, I remember NFA seeming surreal in terms of energy and crowd involement. I remeber the sound being fantastic - beyond what I though possible. I remember the sea of people outside in the lots. I remember driving my friend's Prelude 95mph down the turnpike afterword to try and get back to classes at Pitt by the next morning, only to never go to them.
This will be my first listen since that very day/night. Wonder if it will bring back any memories? I hope!! I give it 5 stars on memories alone!
February 4, 2005 Subject:
EVEN more irony......about this show
Besides the obvious..."911" reference...I made a huge banner for mickey's birthday ...with my good friend Val....And what was really surreal was the EAGLES fans coming to the game this fine sunday morning and seeing the sea of Tye-dye and freakdom in Roosevelt Park...across the street from the Spectrum...The Vet where the Eagles play is adjesent to the Spectrum..(for those who've never been to my fair city of Philly)....This weekend we enbark in the Super Bowl in Jacksonville and seeing all the hype for this big game made me put this SHOW on the cd player and crank it up.....THIS SHOW ROCKED....GO EAGLES!!!!
Reviewer:Darcy (the cribber)
December 25, 2004 Subject:
great sounding concert!!
November 19, 2004 Subject:
mickey hart's birthday AND rosh hashanah together! :)
hey folks :) this show rocked. i remember it well (or as well as possble considering it was a dead show...) :) i remember it was mickey hart's birthday. we sang happy birthday mickey and it was also the start of the jewish new year (erev rosh hashanah) ... truly a "high holiday" in every way. the tunes rocked. stella blue blew me away. maybe it was the lights that did it ;-) seriously ... a good show from the spectrum. dead heads will enjoy this one.